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How do you use Apple's new emojis in Photoshop?


Question

I'm trying to get a large version of one Apple's new emojis in Photoshop.

I know how to write with emojis in something like TextEdit, but I need the emoji to have a transparent background.

I've even tried writing the emoji in TextEdit, and copying and pasting into Photoshop but I just get an unknown unicode character.

I see the font is Apple Color Emoji in TextEdit when I highlight the emoji, yet I can't find that font in Photoshop.

Any idea on how to type emoji's into a text box in Photoshop?

Thank you!

2015/04/30
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4/30/2015 1:50:00 AM

Accepted Answer

While there may be hope for the future as modern operating systems develop support for full color fonts, what you would like to do is not currently possible in Photoshop. Only monochrome fonts can be used. The Apple Color Emoji font is a "special" type of font; glyphs are stored as PNGs rather than vector icons.

At this point, the best you'll be able to do is export the glyphs at the highest resolution possible and use that as a non-text object within Photoshop. This DeviantArt collection suggests that the maximum resolution is 160px². That resource doesn't appear to be fully up to date with the latest additions to Apple's Emoji collection but might include what you're looking for.

2015/04/30
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4/30/2015 2:45:00 AM